Banksy, Pulp Fiction, 2004. Courtesy of Hang-Up Gallery.

Banksy: Pulp Fiction

In 2002, the street artist Banksy stenciled a graffiti work depicting an iconic scene from the 1994 film Pulp Fiction in the Old Street subway station in London. The image featured the actors John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in the starring roles from the film, with their guns pointed at a figure offscreen. In his version, Banksy replaced the guns with bananas. The work was painted over in 2007 by transportation authorities in London, who believed the image may promote crime. However, since much of Banksy’s work seeks to expose the wastefulness and stupidity of violence, it is unlikely that this was the artist’s intention. While the original Pulp Fiction lies somewhere beneath a layer of paint in London, collectors can still find screenprints of this iconic work on the market today.

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